Abbey Rader Zildjian Drum Set Artist

Abbey Rader


Abbey Rader is a musician and composer who has dedicated his life to playing improvised music as part of a spiritual quest for deeper meaning. He is heavily influenced by his study of martial arts as well as Buddhist meditation under the tutelage of his master, Rev. Sheng Yen. His career spans over five decades with a discography that includes 33 albums. He’s performed and recorded with John Handy, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Gunter Hampel, Jeanne Lee, Marion Brown, Mal Waldron, Dave Liebman, Billy Bang, Frank Lowe, Ed Schuller, Kidd Jordan, Kyle Motl, Drew Ceccato, Peter Kuhn and many others.

Abbey Rader's setup

1.15" K Custom Special Dry HiHats – Pair

2.22" K Custom Special Dry Crash *

3.23" K Custom Special Dry Ride with Rivets *

4.19" K Custom Special Dry Trash Crash

5.20" Zildjian China Low *

* May be prototype or discontinued

Behind the kit

Abbey Rader Trio — Subtropics Festival 2017

Abbey Rader Quartet — Reach for the Skies 1

Photo Credits:
Header: Jorge Rubiera